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Heavy Mobile Equipment: A case study on selecting the right truck for your mine [PART 2]

Posted by on Dec 23, 2011 in Equipment | 7 comments

Heavy Mobile Equipment: A case study on selecting the right truck for your mine [PART 2]

This is Part 2 of a three part series looking at a case study of truck selection at a hard rock open pit mine site.

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The Justification for Adding Equipment Operators to Increase Productivity

Posted by on Dec 23, 2011 in Equipment | 5 comments

The Justification for Adding Equipment Operators to Increase Productivity

Ignoring the fact the the lack of personnel in mining is one of our biggest problems right now and it’s difficult for mines to stay staffed up even if they had the budget, this blog post will discuss utilizing three quick and simple ways to calculate whether (1) you need additional manpower and (2) how to show on paper that it will yield greater productivity. I will show this through examples:

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Utilizing Technologies to QA/AC Open Pit Drilling & Blasting Plans

Posted by on Dec 23, 2011 in Equipment, Favorites, Technology | 3 comments

Utilizing Technologies to QA/AC Open Pit Drilling & Blasting Plans
There are dozens of factors that go into the ultimate burden, spacing and charge weight design of any blast pattern. This blog post is not to describe the best practices that go into this design nor is it used to replace D&B 101. The purpose of this post is to utilize a couple of simple technologies to determine whether your d&b strategy is optimized. As some of you may know, my niche in mining is to combine my operational experience with the advancement of technologies; so we can mine smarter, not harder.
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